Coastal Carolina's ace, Andrew Beckwith, threw a complete game and largely baffled the Frogs for nine innings. The good news for TCU, though, is that he can't pitch again tonight. #Brightside.
It was the first loss of the tournament for TCU and only its third in 19 games, forcing another game to decide a berth in next week’s championship series. TCU (49-17) has never played in the CWS final.
Yes, he was helped a bit by the expanded strike zone, but he pitched to it perfectly, and dominated the game.
Beckwith (14-1), who pitched the first complete game of his career in a 2-1 win over No. 1 national seed Florida last Sunday, scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in a 137-pitch outing.
The Frogs made good contact against Beckwith for most of the night, but they couldn't find many gaps.
Against Beckwith’s mystifying array of sidearm, submarine and sometimes sub-80 mph stuff, the Frogs often were able to launch fly ball after fly ball into the thick Nebraska night.
But that is seldom the recommended strategy at the home of the NCAA College World Series. The baseball may be a little livelier, but TD Ameritrade Park is still the place where fly balls come to die.
The deciding game will be Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
A pair of two-run innings for Coastal Carolina helped the Chanticleers to a 4-1 victory over TCU Friday night at the College World Series setting up a winner-moves-on showdown on Saturday night.
TCU hasn't named a starter at the position yet, but Pro Football Focus has already tabbed Kenny Hill has a Heisman dark horse.
Kenny Hill has yet to be awarded TCU’s starting quarterback job for the 2016 season, yet the former Texas A&M slinger, whose career plummeted just as quickly as it skyrocketed in 2014, is already being named as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.